Digging in to make Nassau assessment fair

Newsday

For six weeks, a policy taskforce in County Executive Laura Curran’s administration has been trying to loosen some knots of Nassau’s tangled property assessment system.

And they think they may be onto a few comparatively quick ways of moving to make things right.

But first a word about quick. For more than two decades, assessment — and more specifically the hundreds of millions of dollars Nassau has been forced to pay back in successful appeals — has jammed up county finances.

Former County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, tried to blunt the impact of appeals by freezing assessments so that corrections could be made before new tentative tax rolls were issued.

Then, in an attempt to minimize damage to county finances, Mangano went one step further by implementing a settlement program with tax-appeal firms, which take a cut of any refund property owners may receive.

 

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